MLB standings 2020: Updated playoff bracket, magic numbers as of Sept. 8
Sixteen of baseball’s 30 franchises will qualify for the 2020 postseason, which means every team within sniffing distance of the .500 mark will have at least a puncher’s chance of reaching October as we head into the final few weeks of September.
It’s a convoluted setup. If you want the full setup, this is your happy place. Here, we’re going to update the playoff seeds on a daily basis, so here’s the very basic seeding structure.
The first three seeds (1-3) in each league will go to division winners, ordered by record. The second trio of seeds (4-6) goes to the second-place finishers in each division, ordered by record. The final two seeds (7-8) go to the two wild-card teams.
MLB standings 2020
American League playoff bracket
Standings updated after games on Sept. 8:
American League wild-card standings
National League playoff bracket
Standings updated after games on Sept. 8
National League wild-card standings
MLB magic numbers for 2020
What is a magic number? It’s the combination of games a team needs to win and/or its closest competitor needs to lose to clinch a playoff spot. The smaller the number, the better. Because of the complicated nature of the 2020 playoff field, there are separate magic numbers to clinch a division and to clinch a wild-card spot. Info comes from @MLBMagNum on Twitter.
Updated through games of Sept. 8
Rays, 15 for division, 12 for wild-card
Blue Jays, 22/16
Red Sox, 31/25
White Sox, 19/14
Braves, 19 for division, 15 for wild card
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